I grew up surrounded by the beautiful, tropical colors unique to Hawaii. My love of the ocean continued after moving to the Pacific Northwest and discovering the Oregon coast and the Salish Sea. Many of my painting express the beauty I am surrounded by daily.
Art has always been a big part of my life. I started out drawing and working in ceramic sculpture in my younger years but progressed into painting when our youngest daughter was 6 months old and that was 14 years ago. Painting has become one of my greatest passions. I studied graphic design in college but have found a much greater fulfillment expressing myself through painting.
I paint mostly in acrylics, but will ocassionaly play around with watercolor. In my first 4 years of painting I enjoyed using oils. I switched to acrylics after selling our house and moving onto a sailboat. I found acrylics to be a bit more boat friendly. We lived aboard our boat, named Pearl, with our 2 daughters, and dogs for just under 7 years. In that time we spent each summer traveling north to the San Juan Islands and Canada. In 2011 we sailed South for a year to enjoy the warm waters of Mexico. We returned in 2012 and officially became land lubbers in 2013, purchasing a house in Olympia, Washington. Thankfully, we still have our beloved sailboat, Pearl, and find ourselves called to the water often. Many of my paintings are from our travels over the years.